Ella Purnell becomes YoungMinds Ambassador after opening up about her own struggles

Ella Purnell becomes YoungMinds Ambassador after opening up about her own struggles

21-year-old actress Ella Purnell has become the newest ambassador for YoungMinds, the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health.

21-year-old actress Ella Purnell has become the newest ambassador for YoungMinds, the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health.

The announcement comes after Ella opened up about her own mental health struggles with anxiety and depression in an interview with the Evening Standard earlier this year.

Ella said: "I have always felt passionate about talking openly and removing the stigma around mental health, after my own struggles as a teenager with anxiety, depression and self-harm left me feeling alone and unable to ask for help. Looking back, despite the fact almost half the class were struggling with different issues, we had no idea who or where to turn to.

I have been following the work of YoungMinds for a few years and have always admired their passion and dedication. Not only do they start conversations and raise awareness about mental health, they campaign for better inpatient care, more thorough education and resources in schools and more accessible mental health services. YoungMinds has a direct and effective impact, helping so many people and I am honoured and inspired to be joining them on this journey."

The actress has most recently been the star of US drama Sweetbitter, available in the UK on STARZPLAY on Amazon Prime Video Channels, as well as Agatha Christie’s Ordeal by Innocence, broadcast on BBC One at Easter.  Ella has also appeared in films such as Never Let Me Go, Churchill, Kick Ass 2, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and Malificent.

Ella Purnell first started struggling with her mental health in school and plans to support the charity’s Wise Up campaign, which aims to rebalance the education system to ensure that there is a greater focus on children’s wellbeing.

Tom Madders, Director of Campaigns at YoungMinds said:

“We’re delighted that Ella is becoming our ambassador and joining the fight for children and young people’s mental health. Our research has found that while young people are better than ever at talking about mental health, only 9% of those who reach out for help find it easy to the support they need. That’s simply not good enough.

“We need to make sure that our services are equipped to give help to young people who need it, and that our school system values students’ wellbeing at least as much as it does exam results. YoungMinds has big plans to improve the support young people get for their mental health, and we’re excited that Ella will be helping us make them happen.”

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ABOUT YOUNGMINDS

Now in our 25th year, we are the leading charity fighting for young people’s mental health. We’re leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported through life, whatever the challenges. We’re here to make sure they get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.

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